National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 27! Will you celebrate by registering to vote? If you're already registered, you can help a friend, family member, or coworker register.

Election 2016 is fast approaching, and we want to make sure union members and families are ready. So much is at stake in this election – including your fundamental rights as a union member.

Election laws, polling locations, and deadlines can change. So National Voter Registration Day is a great opportunity to make sure you're all set to vote. Even if you've voted previously with no trouble, it's important to verify your information to make sure it remains up-to-date. Here's a quick checklist to help:

Make sure you're registered. If you've recently moved, make sure you update your information. Some states offer same-day voter registration, but it's always better if you can take care of these details before you're in the voting booth.

Find your polling place. It's critical to find out where you'll vote before election day, and check to make sure it didn't change from where you voted in the primary. Make sure you know the hours of your polling place, too.

Vote early, absentee, or by mail, depending on where you'll be on Election Day. Skip the lines on voting day and avoid any hassles by voting early, absentee or by mail. Not all states offer these options, so find out if your state does here.

Check voter ID laws in your state. According to the ACLU, 17 states will have new voter ID laws in effect this November. These types of laws include strict identification requirements, changes in early voting procedures, and more. Be prepared with proper identification if your state requires it.

Know your rights. You are entitled to assistance in the voting booth if you need it. Ask the volunteers at your polling place for help. 

Remember: your vote is your voice, so let's make sure the voices of working people are heard on Election Day: Tuesday, November 8 2016.

2016 Executive Board Election Results

The results of the 2016 Executive Board Election are in with the completion of the Board Member at Large runoff election. Sellie Narmah received 59.82% and Rodney Hawpe received 40.18% of the votes cast during the Board Member at Large Runoff Election. You can download the certified results of the 2016 Executive Board and Board Member at Large runoff elections here.

AMT & Related Topics for Interest Arbitration

September 22, 2016

Brothers and Sisters,

The Transport Workers Union of America and Envoy Air Inc. have exchanged the topics under Letter “Y” of the AMT & Related collective bargaining agreement for interest arbitration which is scheduled for October 3-7, 2016.

The TWU has submitted the following topics:

  1. Hourly rate increase
  2. Additional PDO Hours
  3. Restoration of Pre-Bankruptcy Holiday pay
  4. Restoration of daily overtime
  5. Longevity pay

Envoy Air Inc. has submitted the following topics:

  1. Language for a geographical premium
  2. Additional special days for PDO (Weekends before Memorial and Labor Day)
  3. Additional special days for PDO (6 current Holidays)
  4. Overtime distribution process

Thank you for your support and patience during this process.

Dan Rivera
President
Local 570
Council Creech
President
Local 572
Scott Olinske
President
Local 574
Tim Jackson
President
Local 576

09/15/2016 Letter to Membership

Brothers and Sisters,

On September 9th the Tentative Agreement for the AMT & Related work groups of TWU Locals 576, 574, 572 and 570 was rejected by the membership. Your participation and voice was heard by 97% of us voting NO! Arbitration is the next step of this Amendment process.

A meeting with the Presidents of Locals 576, 574, 572 and 570 was productive and 5 items have been selected to take forward to arbitration. Those 5 items will be exchanged with the company soon and once they have been they will be posted.

Our Arbitration hearing dates are set for October 3rd through October 7th of 2016 with the company.

I shall be meeting with the company on September 19th for the Envoy/TWU/CWA Quarterly Report meeting discussing Envoy's operation and future. Also September 26th I will be attending the Envoy Health Benefit review meeting discussing the changes to our health care in 2017.

As per Article III of TWU Local 576 By-Laws we have chosen to move the Local’s quarterly station meetings to the month of October. We believe it would be in our best interest for us to gather all the information on the arbitration hearing, health care changes and Envoy's operation and future then update you with the facts of those meetings.

The Run-off election for Board Member at Large is ending September 22nd at noon central time. We have 2 candidates with good qualities and look forward to completing our Executive Board with the winner of your choice. So please vote, YOUR VOTE MATTER'S.

As always keep on doing what we do best. The performance and dependability of our members speak clearly that each member of Local 576 is of great value to Envoy Air.

Again thanks from,
TWU Local 576 Executive Board
Tim, Layne, Alan, Joseph, Todd

AMT & Related Tentative Agreement

September 9th, 2016

Brothers and Sisters,

Today the Tentative Agreement for the AMT & Related work group was overwhelmingly rejected by the membership. Over 97% of the members that voted cast a NO vote. Your voices have been heard.

In accordance with Letter “Y” of the collective bargaining agreement we will now enter into interest arbitration with Envoy Air. The TWU is fully committed and prepared to present the best case to the arbitration panel on behalf of all of you.

We have chosen the five items we will propose to change in the agreement and expect to exchange them with the company early next week.

Once we do that we will communicate those items with you.

The Interest arbitration hearing dates are October 3rd through 7th, 2016 and will be held in the DFW area.

The selected Arbitrators are: 

Joshua Javits – Chairman
William McKee – Chosen by the TWU
James Conway – Chosen by Envoy

You can can download this letter in full here.

Thank you for your support and patience during this process.

Dan Rivera
President
Local 570
Council Creech
President
Local 572
Scott Olinske
President
Local 574
Tim Jackson
President
Local 576